Speakers for Summer 2017
Gerald A. Klingbeil
Gerald A. Klingbeil, associate editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, is the new research professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He brings more than 15 years of teaching and ministry experience in diverse international contexts to the position.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Klingbeil completed a BA in Theology at an Andrews University affiliate campus, Helderberg College, South Africa, in 1990. The next year, he attended the University of Stellenbosch, where he received his BA Honors in Semitic Languages & Cultures and an MA and DLitt in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Klingbeil’s professional experience spans educational institutions around the world. He has held academic positions in departments of theology at institutions in South Africa, Peru, Argentina and the Philippines. A member of several prestigious review boards in the past and present, Klingbeil recently held the position of editor of Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary as part of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines. He has also received many significant awards, honors and research grants from institutions such as the Adventist Theological Society, La Sierra University, Stellenbosch University and River Plate Adventist University, among others.
Klingbeil is also a member of a handful of academic societies including the Adventist Theological Society and a named fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. He co-chairs the Ritual in the Biblical World consultation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
An avid writer, Klingbeil has published eight books, over 25 book chapters, several dictionary/lexicon entries, a countless number of book reviews and academic journal articles, and numerous essays. His most recent work, Shadow Figures: Background Characters of the Bible, an adult Sabbath School Bible study guide, is scheduled for release in 2010.
Andrews University is honored to welcome Gerald A. Klingbeil, his wife, Chantal, and their three daughters into the University family.
Chantal has earned a M.Phil. degree in linguistics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and, over the past two decades, has served as mother, author, homeschool mom, high school teacher, university professor, and TV host.Chantal J. Klingbeil, M.Phil., was born and raised in South Africa. She currently serves as an Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A.
Her articles have appeared in many journals and magazines, both in academic and popular contexts.
Chantal is passionate about reaching children, youth, and young adults for Jesus. In her work at the Ellen G. White Estate she develops media and materials to bring Adventist history and the ministry of Ellen G. White to a new generation that is thoroughly at home in the digital age.
Director – Gift Planning and Trust Services Pastor – Adventist Worship Center
John Schachinger currently serves as Director for Planned Giving & Trust, and Community Services for the Arizona Conference. He has pastored churches in Arizona, New Jersey, Ontario, Canada and Minnesota.
He and Glenda have been married for 38 years and have 3 children, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. They have lived in the Phoenix area since 2005 where Glenda works as a speech-pathologist.
Pastor John’s interests include music, writing, and developing meaningful ministries and opportunities for aging adults, especially developing a maturing spirituality.
A friend to the hurting heart, Karen Nicola has known the inexpressible experience of watching her precious three year old son slip away in death to leukemia. Through her drive to make sense of the pain, she found two resources that comforted and brought healing. She created her book entitled, Comfort for the Day, so others could access these same resources. In addition, Karen leads workshops that help her audiences grow in grief awareness and discover skills to authentically help grieving friends. The warmth and connection Karen fosters as a grief coach leaves her clients with hope and courage to do the difficult work of traveling THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death.
Larry Siemens returns to Tahoe Camp Meeting and will offer his popular nature hikes to areas around the Tahoe Basin. He is also planning one late evening of star watching in the meadow behind the camp meeting. Larry is the Chair of the Science Department as well as a chemistry professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA.
Colby Johnson was born and raised Fallon, Nevada. Although he grew up in the Adventist faith, he ended up walking away in his late teenage years. During those years, he struggled through many battles that our young adults are facing today. In his early 20’s he was drawn back to Christianity and longed for a deeper walk with Christ. In August of 2014 He attended ARISE Institute, a 13-week evangelism and discipleship training program operated by Light Bearers Ministry. His journey did not end there. After completing the ARISE program he was asked to return in January of 2015 to be an intern for Light Bearers, working with a new church plant and doing community outreach. He has recently moved back to his hometown and is passionate about sharing the beauty of God’s character to others. He is currently attending school hoping to eventually go into the nursing field and is actively holding meetings and teaching classes at his local church. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, reading, and the outdoors.
Speakers for Summer 2016
Dr. Terry Lyndon Johnsson
Dr. Terry Lyndon Johnsson has a unique story that has inspired thousands over the years. He served as a Presidential Honor Guard for three U.S. Presidents, his story is nothing short of a miracle, considering he was diagnosed with an extreme case of dyslexia a a young man. His full story can be found in his books “For His Honor” & ”Aim High.” He went on to earn a doctoral degree at the prestigious Wesley Theological Seminary of Washington DC. After years of ministering to Young Adults, Dr. Johnsson was asked to be the Senior Chaplain and Operation Manager of WGTS FM in Washington, D.C.; which is the second largest Christian Radio Station in the country. Recently, Dr. Johnsson has joined Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon as Executive Director of Mission Integration.
Pastor Ivor Myers and His Family
Pastor Ivor Myers began his ministry at the Campbell Church in November, 2014, after previously serving at the Templeton Hills SDA Church for nine years as senior pastor. Pastor Myers is passionate about evangelism, and equipping church members with the skills to lead others to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and experience firsthand His righteousness. He is enthusiastic about ministering to the Campbell community.
Author of several books, including the innovative Operation Blueprint, Earth’s Final Movie. Pastor Myers is founder/president of Power of the Lamb Ministries and ARME Bible Camp. His Operation Global Rain, now called 10-days of Prayer, has been adopted by the General Conference of SDAs. Pastor Myers and his wife, Atonte, co-host the “Battles of Faith” program on 3ABN.
Prior to dedicating his life to serving the Lord, Myers, a native of Jamaica, was a rising star in the Hip Hop industry in the 1990s, living the dream of a lifetime. His four-man group, which included younger brother Sean, was signed to a million dollar, eight album contract until a chance encounter with a friend who was an SDA altered the course of his life. After he and Sean accepted Jesus Christ and were baptized, they both left the music industry behind and entered full-time ministry. Pastor Myers and Atonte have four children, a son, Joshua, and three daughters, Jaden, Jenesis and Jaliyah. You can also visit Pastor Myers’ Facebook page.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Marit came to the US to pursue her master’s degree in counseling. Marit explains, “Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine being a pastor so it is hard to believe that I was a member of the Carmichael church staff for more than 12 years! Before I came to Carmichael I was a pastor at the Pacific Union College church in the Napa Valley. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and came to Loma Linda, CA in the late eighties to work on master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I was planning to stay in the US for only two years, but….more than twenty five years later – here I am! I worked in the Loma Linda Medical Center for a couple of years in the chaplaincy program before I was asked to join the pastoral staff at the college.
“My undergraduate work in Holland was with a strong emphasis on children which has prepared me some for what I have been doing up to this day. A fair amount of my time was spent with the kids at Sacramento Adventist Academy, in Sabbath school, with the Adventurers or just hanging out with the kids when they played soccer or baseball. Besides being with the kids, I like to read; go through cooking magazines and think of what I could cook if I had time; walk; water or snow ski; travel…..and I can think of many more things I would like to do. I am married to Steve Case and I have a step-daughter Katie who lives in Long Beach, CA. We also have two kittens Misty and Bibi. Life to me is an amazing adventure and I am very thankful to have God as my guide and go-to person.”
John and Clara Terry
Pastor Jon Terry, the senior pastor of the Roseville, Ca SDA Church is the featured speaker for the morning devotional program at Lake Tahoe Camp meeting. Pastor Jon presented the morning devotionals in 2011 and touched the hearts of the attendees. The committee unanimously voted to invite him to return and bless us with his ministry.
Larry Siemens returns to Tahoe Camp Meeting and will offer his popular nature hikes to areas around the Tahoe Basin. He has also planned one late evening of star watching in the meadow behind the camp meeting. Larry is the Chair of the Science Department as well as a chemistry professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA.
Milton Teske MD
Dr Teske is a full time emergency physician from Hanford CA. In addition to his ER work he has become known for his simple clear presentations on how to reverse various diseases with a healthy diet, exercise and water. For camp-meeting this year he will be presenting: (1) Reversing Diabetes – The sugar-door story – The clearest understanding you will ever hear to help you understand how to completely reverse type 2 diabetes. (2) Lowering cholesterol naturally – along with understanding your lipid profile LDL, HDL and VLDL – and how to reverse atherosclerotic coronary artery disease naturally. (3) Fructose poisoning of the liver and its role in metabolic disease today – The extremely harmful effects of sugar that are so devastating for Americans today. (4) The glycocalyx – understanding this structure lining the arteries that few know about but that plays a critical role in health and arterial disease. Questions and answers following lectures. We have found that clarity of understanding of the disease process can be very motivating toward making those healthy lifestyle changes that can truly bring about restoration.
Colby Johnson was born and raised Fallon, Nevada. Although he grew up in the Adventist faith, he ended up walking away in his late teenage years. During those years he struggled through many battles that our young adults are facing today. In his early 20’s he was drawn back to Christianity and longed for a deeper walk with Christ. In August of 2014 He attended ARISE Institute, a 13 week evangelism and discipleship training program operated by Light Bearers Ministry. His journey did not end there. After completing the ARISE program he was asked to return in January of 2015 to be an intern for Light Bearers, working with a new church plant and doing community outreach. He has recently moved back to his hometown and is passionate about sharing the beauty of God’s character to others. He is currently attending school hoping to eventually go into the nursing field and is actively holding meetings and teaching classes at his local church. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, reading, and the outdoors.